Yosemite National Park Closed Due to Smoke and Hazardous Air Quality
the National Park Service
The National Park Service closed Yosemite National Park, located in California, to all visitors and vehicular access due to significant smoke impacts and hazardous air quality throughout the park. The park will continue to assess the smoke impacts, air quality index, and fire activity throughout the region. Yosemite National Park will reopen when conditions improve, NPS said.
Kings Canyon Park Closed Due to Smoke and Poor Air Quality
The National Park Service
The National Park Service closed Kings Canyon National Park, located in California, to all visitors due to significant smoke impacts and hazardous air quality throughout the park, the park service said. With air quality projected to be in the unhealthy to hazardous range over the next several days, the park anticipates the closure to be in effect at least through the weekend. Kings Canyon National Park will reopen to visitors when conditions improve, and it is safe for visitors and employees.
The National Park Service closed Sequoia National Park in response to the Castle Fire, the park service announced. Many park staff have been evacuated from the area and for visitor and resource protection, park managers have decided to close all entrances to Sequoia National Park.
Annual NPS Storytelling Event Moved Online for 2020
National Park Service
Celebrate the National Park Service’s birthday with storytellers who tell the stories of these special places and spaces.
This year’s event will be moved ONLINE to the park’s social media platforms. To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, we will feature past recorded storytelling events with female storytellers.
On July 17, Fossil Beds National Monument, in Oregon, increased facilities access, the National Park Service said. Visits can access the Thomas Condon Paleontology and Visitor Center on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm., with an occupancy of up to ten visitors at a time inside the building. However, the fossil gallery, movie theater, and Junior Ranger room will not be open to the public at this time.
Liberty and Ellis Islands Partially Reopen on July 20
National Park Service
Liberty and Ellis Islands intend to partially reopen July 20, pending the New York City’s move into Phase Four of New York State’s reopening plan, the National Park Service announced.
When the park partially open, visitors will have access to grounds of Liberty and Ellis Islands, Statue of Liberty Museum, Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration, and limited food and gift shop services. The interior of the Statue of Liberty, including the pedestal and crown, remains closed and will be included as part of a later reopening phase.
North Cascades National Park, located in Washington, suspended transportation services due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the National Park Service said.
The shutdown includes concessioner operated services for the Rainbow Falls Tour and hiker shuttle. Visitors can still enjoy the area by walking or finding alternate transportation up the Stehekin Valley Road.
Gateway Arch National Park will delay Phase II access originally scheduled to begin Wednesday, July 8 due to an increase in confirmed COVID-19 cases in the State of Missouri, the National Park Service said.
Phase II includes the reopening of the Tram Ride to the Top and Documentary Movies as well as outdoor National Park Service programming. These experiences will remain unavailable until further notice.
Beginning July 10, Cabrillo National Monument, located in California, will be open from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays in July, the National Park Service said.
The tidepool area will be open on those days until 7:30 p.m. Cabrillo National Monument is opening in phases. In the current phase, all outdoor areas, trails, and restrooms are open. Indoor areas are temporarily closed